A survey hoping to find out which is the most dangerous city in Europe found its answer inside the UK.
However, Bradford’s district commander, chief superintendent Rob McCoubrey, did not agree with the findings and told the Express: “West Yorkshire Police do not recognise this data and do not accept how any methodology can provide a credible comparison across continents, countries, and cities.
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“Bradford is a safe place to live, work and visit. Like any city where deprivation and poverty exist there are of course challenges.
“However, we work closely with partner agencies and communities to effectively tackle issues as they emerge.
“For example, over the last three years, knife crime in Bradford has fallen by 19 per cent and residential burglaries by 57 per cent.
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“It is disappointing that this survey fails to recognise many of the attributes that make Bradford such a fantastic city.
“We are rated as ‘outstanding’ by [Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services] in respect of how we record crimes.
“People in Bradford can have confidence that when they report [a] crime it will be properly recorded and acted upon.”
The Numbeo Crime Index is published twice a year and focuses on increases in crime over the past three years, as well as thefts, robberies and attacks.
Each of the world’s cities is then given a crime index value based on a variety of sources from the country, with a figure of less than 20 meaning a low prevalence of crime.
According to the study, Bradford, with a crime index rating of 71.55, is also the 26th most dangerous city in the world.
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Interestingly, number two on the ‘most dangerous in Europe’ list is another UK city – Coventry in the West Midlands, which scored 68.35.
In 2021, the overall rate for Bradford was 146 crimes per 1,000 people, the most common being violence and sexual offences.
Coventry’s rate that year was 102 crimes per 1,000 people.
Nantes in France, Catania, Italy and Birmingham, UK, made up the rest of the top five.
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